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The new year wasn't yet a week old when we learned that the beginning of 2021 is going to feel a lot like the 52 weeks of misery that was 2020.

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Groups have concerns about radioactivity in shale gas drilling wastewater leading to contamination drinking water supply in Pittsburgh.

President-elect Joe Biden is rounding out his White House climate team with policy hands who've spent the Trump era defending climate regulations, engineering new policy and campaigning on the issue.
The upcoming presidential inauguration of Joe Biden has opened the floodgates this week on proposals for achieving the clean energy future he has promised.
The plan includes the start of an “equity framework,” but one activist says, “there could be more focus on frontline communities.”

They want Trump's rollbacks rescinded and renewed emphasis on justice and equity via enforcement of federal law, from the Clean Air Act to FEMA recovery aid.

Little on-the-ground damage to the Utah public lands has been seen since they were shrunk in 2017. But conservationists say the sooner they can be properly protected again, the better.

Pittsburgh, not exactly known for its sunshine, is swiftly becoming a city that embraces the myriad benefits of solar power.

Data issued Thursday by NASA confirmed that 2020 has effectively tied the hottest year on record. That means the last seven years have been the warmest since the beginning of modern record-keeping.

Scientists believe they have solved one of the biggest mysteries about desalination — exactly how reverse osmosis membranes remove salt and other chemicals from water — a breakthrough that could help make the process more efficient and cheaper.

The victory comes as mounting evidence shows that Indigenous groups are often the best protectors of their lands.

U.S. companies will now have to apply for special permits to export goods to the state-owned company, known as CNOOC.
Electric engines, alternative fuels, and better navigation could reduce emissions—and mitigate the impacts of a global return to the skies.
From more reusable packaging to more companies taking back used products to more empowered designers, 2021 will be a key year in the development of new, less wasteful systems.
The Clean Cars Bill would improve health and the environment in the commonwealth.
Planned disruptions of committee hearings and peaceful sit-ins at lawmakers' offices are on pause.
Escalating temperatures poise the planet to breach 1.5 C for the first time, possibly later this decade.
Toyota’s $180 million settlement with the federal government follows a series of emissions-related scandals in the auto industry.
Solar and wind power companies have soared in value. Are they in a bubble or in a virtuous upward cycle?
In the aftermath, some people are deciding to just begin new lives elsewhere. The pandemic and longstanding housing problems haven’t made the choices any easier.
Artificial light revolutionized life on earth. But as our nights grow increasingly bright, its negative impacts are becoming ever more visible on our health and on nature.
Democracy reform is the first step toward a sustainable future.

The authors say their message is meant to give a "cold shower" to leaders who can help make positive changes for the planet.

In the first public update on the troubled Site C dam since last July, B.C. Premier John Horgan's surprise announcement about a proposed fix to geotechnical problems raised yet more questions about the viability of the over-budget project.

Estonia's long history of polar research, coupled with its current scientific and technological expertise, would allow it to make important contributions to the Arctic Council as an observer, President Kersti Kaljulaid told an international audience on Thursday.

Meanwhile, some Alaska Native and environmental groups urged Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to abandon the leases.

Irrespectively of its climate commitments, Norway continues to push for more oil and natural gas. In 2020, investments and production increased.
“Legally binding conditions” on projects are meant to protect the environment, says Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.
Officials expect to complete cleanup in four to five years, depending on federal funding.

Investors are judging how well energy companies have reoriented their businesses to cut emissions as they weigh activists' calls for divestment, climate finance specialists said.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced the largest-ever award of offshore wind contracts by a U.S. state yesterday as part of a broader plan to scale up renewable power over the next decade.

President-elect Joe Biden added more than a half-dozen climate staffers to his White House team Thursday, drawing from the ranks of green groups, environmental justice advocates and former Democratic administration officials to grow an inner circle that will help him try to slash the nation's greenhouse gas emissions.

New peer-reviewed research lays out a case for quickly launching huge global investments to scale up a nascent and currently quite an expensive weapon against climate change: machines that pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

For the first time in a decade, a Democrat president has both congressional houses on his side—albeit with slim majorities. So what will Biden's economic agenda entail at home and abroad?

Climate change may contribute more to greater child malnutrition and poor diet than traditional causes such as poverty and poor sanitation.

A UC San Diego researcher says an increasingly acidic ocean is having an impact on shellfish that live in the nearshore environment.